US drones creating difficulties for Pakistan army in tribal region: ex-DG ISPR
Former Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations Major General (retd) Athar Abbas has said that the US drone attacks create difficulties for the Pakistan army in the tribal region near Afghan border.
He was speaking at a round-table-conference organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) on Thursday in Islamabad. Prominet among others who attended the conference included defence analyst Ejaz Haider, defence analyst Sikandar Shah and social worker Navid Shinwari. The speakers stressed the need for a strategy in addressing the concerns regarding the US drone.
Abbas said that a cause of opposing the drone attacks was that the army and its intelligence services had the ability to take action against armed mercenaries in the restive region.
The former DG of army’s media wing conceded that Pakistan army could not win public support since the decisions taken on tribal areas before 2008 were not ideal. He said the army achieved success in Swat and some tribal areas after army and the civilian government developed consensus in taking decision regarding war against militancy.
Navid Shinvari said that though he had been supporting the drone attacks since they killed several al-Qaeda figures, they were also making tribesmen to continue their armed resistance.
He said that although the local tribes had been opposing the army operation out rightly in the beginning , now they had started supporting the military in its efforts against militancy.
Presiding over the conference Ejaz Haider said that neglecting violation of Pakistan sovereignty in the shape of tolerating US drone attacks would be tantamount to contempt of country’s sovereignty.
Sikandar Shah said that every country had the right of self defence and it could move United Nation’s Security Council if any country violate its sovereignty.